Staying active is important when living with early Alzheimer’s disease and carers play a vital role in ensuring the ones they care for continue to do all the things they love. Some of these activities could include spending time with family, socialising with friends and keeping up with hobbies.
You may also suggest taking up new activities which they may find rewarding and can help them stay independent. Whether it’s going to an art class, learning to sing or taking up fishing, there’s something to suit everyone.
Early Alzheimer’s disease appears to affect certain parts of the brain but leaves other parts active and functioning. For example, while painting people living with Alzheimer’s disease may have difficulty copying images but they can continue to produce art using their remaining strengths such as colour and composition. Encouraging the uptake of creative activities can have many benefits:
- An outlet for emotion:
When people with Alzheimer’s disease find it difficult to communicate how they feel activities such as art can allow them to express themselves without the need for words.
- Sense of accomplishment:
Creative activity can be a very rewarding and a positive experience for someone living with Alzheimer’s disease because it allows them to use the skills that they still have.
- Promoting relaxation:
Creative past-times such as looking at art or listening to music may help to relax and improve mood.
- Bringing people together:
Creative activities are an ideal opportunity for a you and your loved one to spend time together.